Things have been coming up roses for Classified lately. Back-to-back headlining shows at the Opera House. A top-10 Canadian Hot 100 hit for Inner Ninja (featuring David Myles) off his self-titled new album. A Juno Award for rap recording of the year and televised performance of said song. Considering that the Enfield, Nova Scotia, rapper - born Luke Boyd - has been in the game for close to 20 years (Classified is his 15th album), few deserve the accolades more. Rising emcee Quake Matthews, also from Nova Scotia, opens both shows.
Friday & Saturday (April 26 & 27), doors 8 pm, all ages, Opera House (735 Queen East). $25. TM, UE.
MAYLEE TODD, BONJAY, HARRISON
Blk Box Theatre (1087 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, April 25)
BISON B.C., BIBLICAL, MAXIMUM RNR, TEETHMARKS
(794 Bathurst), tonight (Thursday, April 25)
BLEACHED, HUNTERS, THE BB GUNS, BREWS WILLIS
Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), tonight (Thursday, April 25)
Melodic garage punk goodness.
UZIMON, DJ GRACE, MENACE AND OTHERS
UZI Vs Rob Ford Concert
Moskito + Bite (423 College), tonight (Thursday, April 25)
MALCOLM HOLCOMBE, THE WEBER BROTHERS
Rivoli (332 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, April 25)
Moody, country-blues Americana.
RICH KIDD, RAZ FRESCO, MEKA, WRISTPECT, DJ NANA, LOWKEY, SIR LANCELOT
Wrongbar (1279 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, April 25)
PAT METHENY, LARRY GRENADIER, BARBRA LICA AND OTHERS
Koerner Hall (273 Bloor West), tonight (Thursday, April 25)
Benefit for Jazz FM's youth education programs.
HOW TO DESTROY ANGELS
Sound Academy (11 Polson), tonight (Thursday, April 25)
Trent Reznor's newest project.
ALINE MORALES, ASIKO AFROBEAT ENSEMBLE, K-ZAR DUBWISE, DJ GENERAL ECLECTIC
Uma Nota: Hot Spring Edition
The Great Hall (1087 Queen West), Friday (April 26)
Dub-style reggae, Afrobeat & Brazilian popular music.
JOHNNY MARR & THE HEALERS, ALAMAR
Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne), Saturday (April 27)
The Smiths guitarist brings back his Healers.
THE BURNING HELL, EONS, NICK FERRIO & HIS FEELINGS
Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Monday (April 29)
Riotous folk-rock album launch.
ROD STEWART, STEVE WINWOOD
Air Canada Centre (40 Bay), Wednesday (May 1)
Septuagenarian blue-eyed soul.